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Ryan Shawcross was sent off for two yellow card offences in Stoke's defeat to Tottenham, and will serve a one match suspension.

Shawcross was initially booked for a challenge on Christian Eriksen early in the match, before he caught Danny Rose with a kick early in the second half, earning the defender a second yellow card and the subsequent red card. Shawcross will miss Stoke's next game at home to Fulham.
Sat, Apr 26, 2014 12:37:00 PM

"BBC Sport" reports Manchester United have reached an agreement with Olympique Lyon over the transfer of Memphis Depay.

The explosive winger joined Manchester United in a £25 million deal prior in the summer of 2015 from PSV Eindhoven, where he was the Dutch league's top scorer, but his career at United will end in thoughts of what could have been. After rejecting a bid of £13 million, Manchester United accepted a £16 million bid from the Ligue 1 side with add-on fees that could rise to £21.7 million; although the deal is said to have a buyback clause for the 22-year-old, who is the club's second major sale this month after Morgan Schneiderlin.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 18 - 6:39 PM

While they've done just fine without him, Spurs will have to continue without winger Erik Lamela for the time being.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed the Argentine international is still in Italy, where he is rehabbing with AS Roma doctors after missing the last the last two months with a hip injury; and it still looks like the attacker is weeks away from a full return. Said Pochettino: "It’s not important to say ‘one week, two weeks, three weeks’, it’s important he feels well and is recovering well after his injury. Our expectation is that when he arrives back we’ll test him and see what level he’s at, build his fitness and then see when he’ll be available to be involved again."
Jan 18 - 6:53 PM

It looks like it will only be a one-week injury absence for Liverpool's Nathanial Clyne as he closes on a return.

The right-back was omitted from the lineup against Manchester United last weekend, as well as from Wednesday's FA Cup replay against Plymouth Argyle, due to a rib injury suffered in Gameweek 20. But manager Jurgen Klopp said Clyne is set to return for the weekend against Swansea City after Trent Alexander-Arnold impressed as his replacement: "It’s really painful, but now we know after a scan that there is nothing else and each day helps him to settle and get back on the pitch, if you want. So we give him for sure, we have to, two or three more days and then hopefully he can start running and all that stuff... He has a big chance, I think, for Swansea."
Jan 18 - 6:59 PM

Leicester City forward Leonardo Ulloa has been the focus of interest from several clubs, and his future should be decided during the next few days.

The Leicester City Mercury is reporting that a club, believed to be La Liga side Deportivo Alaves, has submitted a bid for the 30-year-old Argentinian after representatives held talks on Tuesday. Sources close to Ulloa say the striker is considering handing in a formal transfer request as he has become frustrated with his lack of first team action, while clubs in Turkey and China are also rumored to be interested in his services. Ulloa, who joined Leicester from Brighton & Hove Albion in July of 2014, started 29 matches and scored 11 goals in debut campaign, but has been in the starting XI just eight times over the course of the last two seasons. Should Ulloa depart, Leicester would be left a little thin up front with Algerian striker Islam Slimani currently at the African Cup of Nations.
Jan 18 - 6:05 PM

Former loanee standout Patrick Bamford has re-joined Middlesbrough on a permanent transfer from Chelsea, signing a four-and-a-half-year deal at the Riverside Stadium.

Patrick Bamford's move to Middlesbrough comes just days after his sixth loan spell away from Stamford Bridge came to an end on Sunday, having made just six Premier League appearances for Burnley this season. The 23-year-old now returns to Boro where he shined under Aitor Karanka two seasons ago, scoring 19 goals in a campaign that saw him named the 2015 Championship Player of the Year. Karanka will hope the former England Under-21 international can find his prior form and help fortify the club's frontline, as his arrival follows the signing of Rudy Gestede from Aston Villa earlier this month. Bamford certainly has the potential to flourish at the Riverside, however, his fantasy value will be limited until he can reestablish himself under Karanka.
Jan 18 - 5:01 PM

Middlesbrough confirm defender Emilio Nsue has joined Championship side Birmingham City on a permanent transfer for an undisclosed fee.

The 27-year-old right-back joins Birmingham on a three-and-a-half-year after being targeted by Blues boss Gianfranco Zola following the news that defender Jonathan Spector could be leaving the club. Nsue joined Middlesbrough from RCD Mallocra in 2014 and was a key member of Aitor Karanka's promotion-winning side last season, but had not featured since September. The versatile Equatoguinean managed just five appearances in the Premier League this campaign, due to the emergence of fullbacks Fabio and Antonio Barragan. Nsue now joins former Boro players Diego Fabbrini, Jonathan Grounds and Lukaz Jutkiewicz at the St Andrew's.
Jan 18 - 5:26 PM

Tom Cleverley has joined Watford on loan for the rest of the season as he looks to rekindle a once-promising career.

Tom Cleverley carries a lot of baggage with him associated with the time when he was considered a top prospect coming through the ranks at Manchester United. A number of promising lower-division loan spells, including 11 goals in 33 matches with Watford in the Championship as a 20-year-old, just increased the hype. The reality of the Premier League has proven much more difficult and loan moves within the Prem and his permanent move to Everton haven't gone nearly so well. Now 27-years-old, he's not a prospect anymore and history indicates that he's probably not going to produce a great deal in his second stint for the Hornets.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 18 - 1:48 PM

Jürgen Klopp has taken the decision not to involve Joel Matip in the FA Cup replay at Plymouth Argyle and risk a potential FIFA sanction.

At yesterday’s press conference, the Liverpool boss hinted that he was prepared to consider the Cameroon defender following his recovery from an ankle ligament injury, despite uncertainties regarding his current eligibility. Matip ‘refused to play’ at the Africa Cup of Nations after being named in his country’s provisional squad, although Klopp insists he has done "nothing wrong" as his last appearance for the national side was in September 2015. "FIFA have told us they will decide on Friday if they open a case or not," a disgruntled Klopp mused. The football governing body said that it had referred Liverpool to article five of its rules which state: "A player who has been called up by his association for one of its representative teams is, unless otherwise agreed, not entitled to play for his club during the period for which he has been released, plus an additional period of five days."
Jan 18 - 10:44 AM

Southampton have struggled for goals this season, especially after Charlie Auston's long term shoulder injury.

The ire of many fantasy managers and fans has fallen on both Shane Long and Jay Rodriguez for failing to notch up more than five goals between them in 20 hours of football this season. However, the criticism can be perceived to be a tad unfair when you consider the heavy rotation that manager Claude Puel uses, which means neither striker is given a chance to gain momentum. JRod has started consecutive games once, after his Bournemouth brace he started against Spurs 10 days later. After failing to score against the league's best defence, he was benched. Long started consecutive games twice early in the season, but when he got his only league goal of the season against West Brom he was rewarded with being dropped. Puel fails to let his strikers build confidence that is crucial for goalscoring strikers, as well as for building chemistry with ball providers in midfield.
Jan 18 - 9:24 AM

Bournemouth winger Max Gradel is reportedly moving closer to a shock move to PL rivals Watford.

Gradel, who is currently at AFCON representing the Ivory Coast, is reportedly subject to a £3 million bid. The report is not the first linking Gradel with a move away from the Vitality stadium, with Burnley, West Ham, Marseille and Nantes all interested according to various reports.
Jan 18 - 9:29 AM

Bournemouth full-back Tyrone Mings has said that his first PL start against Hull gave him mixed emotions.

The defeat to Hull tainted what should have been a momentous day for Mings, who has fought for 18 months to recover from tearing the anterior medial ligaments of his knee in his Premier League debut against Leicester in August 2015. Mings had just arrived at the club from Ipswich for an £8m fee, but is only now getting his chance to impress boss Eddie Howe, having started in the FA Cup defeat to Millwall too. Mings' disappointment with the loss and performance against Hull was clear in his post-match comments, with the Englishman aiming to quickly change his focus to the next game; "The only thing we can do now is try not to dwell on it too much and go out against Watford on Saturday and put it right."
Jan 18 - 9:39 AM





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